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UMass Global Institute for Geospatial Education

Providing innovative problem-solving and empowerment

  • Teaching the world how to use geospatial data for better decision-making
  • Applying a bite-size, stackable nugget approach to education
  • Geospatial information is increasingly being used to understand people and places. It is a rapidly growing area of data analytics and data management for organizations — governments, schools, nonprofits, community groups, and businesses.At UMass Global, we provide engaging online education opportunities. We empower people to address today's societal challenges by applying geospatial data to achieve goals and better manage environments.

    Our broad program areas:

  • Environment and communities
  • Education and training (K-12, higher education, micro-credentials)
  • Data analytics and business intelligence
  • Emergency management
  • Our Vision

    To be the leader in online international geospatial education.

    Our Mission

    To equip people around the world with geospatial skills to create solutions.

    Empowering Global Partners

    The UMass Global Institute for Geospatial Education partners with organizations, nonprofits, schools, businesses, governments, industries, and agencies to bring GIS application and education to life using real-world examples. We provide customized programs to equip learners with geospatial industry-relevant skills. Building on our academic expertise and industry connections, we deliver engaging online geospatial content for your team to earn certificates, stackable credentials, and micro-credentials. Acquiring these new skills will benefit and strengthen your organization.

    • We Are Leaders in Engaging Online Education: We’ve been at the forefront of online learning, with a 65-year academic legacy of educating adult students and 15 years of designing and delivering robust, engaging, technologically advanced online education.
    • We Offer Customized Education: In collaboration with our partners, we customize geospatial education options (curricula, certificates, micro-credentials, training, and programs) to meet the unique needs of our partners.
    • Key Industry Partnerships: We work with key industry partners, such as Esri, to be at the forefront of the geospatial universe. Our strong partnerships, professional connections, and global experience facilitate applied learning opportunities with real-world applications and industry relevance.
    • Flexible Delivery Modes: We offer our online learning opportunities across diverse formats to meet the needs of your organization, including micro-credentials and customized training.
    • Innovative Global Advisory Board: Our advisory board is an innovative collection of visionary global geospatial leaders who traverse geographies and disciplines.
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    Dr. Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg
    Director, Geospatial Education Institute

    Raise Productivity and Strengthen Your Geospatial Capacity

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    CAGR. The global geospatial analytics market size is projected to grow from $79.06 billion in 2023 to $206.93 billion by 2030*
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    projected market growth by 2030, driven by policy reforms, industry acceleration, and digital twin/metaverse innovations**
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    of GIS solutions revenue in 2021 came from the government sector, emphasizing their extensive use in community and urban planning, as well as disaster information extraction***

    Dr. Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg is the Director of the Geospatial Education Institute, a GIS, Social, and Environmental Sciences professor at UMass Global, and a GIS author for applying GIS across disciplines to empower people. Dr. Steinberg's passion is teaching understandable geospatial skills in bite-size nuggets for people across geographies.

    Our advisory board serves as an informative, applied think tank considering innovative applications of geospatial technologies to global functions in businesses, government, industries, organizations, agencies, and nonprofits. Our institute affiliates are leaders who contribute to the geospatial field and have a unique blend of interdisciplinary and internationally focused multicultural and multilingual experience.  

    The UMass Global Institute for Geospatial Education will work closely with your organization to develop customized training and education solutions tailored to your goals and objectives.

    We offer customized training and education solutions tailored to your goals and objectives using the most relevant geospatial technology.

    Michael Gould
    The UMass Global Institute for Geospatial Education responds to the worldwide critical demand for customized and focused geospatial upskilling. Organizations are looking for more than people who know what GIS is; they are looking for decision-makers capable of using geospatial thinking for problem-solving.
    Michael Gould, Ph.D.
    Geospatial Institute Affiliate
    Sheila Steffenson
    With a board of individuals whose job is to keep their ear to the ground for technological advances, I believe we can help UMass Global shape curriculum/courses that will be of great value to employers in all industries everywhere, today and in the future.
    Sheila Steffenson
    Geospatial Institute Advisory Board Member
    Clint Brown
    UMass Global’s Geospatial Education Institute is exciting. You rapidly become part of an ever-expanding group of problem solvers capable of addressing the big challenges that face our planet. Join us to make a difference in our world.
    Clint Brown
    Geospatial Institute Advisory Board Member

    Engage your employees today in geospatial data-driven analysis and decision making



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